Also known as Boot Maker, Cutter, Lacer, Leather Production Worker, Leather Worker, Saddle and Harness Maker, Shoe Cutter, Shoe Maker, Shoe Repairer, Shoe Repairman
Also known as Boot Maker, Cutter, Lacer
Shoemakers construct, decorate, or repair leather and leather-like products, such as luggage, shoes, and saddles.
In addition, Shoemakers may use hand tools.
Shoemakers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Shoemakers. More generally, Shoemakers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Shoemaker is $30,550, and the average salary is $31,480. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Shoemaker salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Shoemakers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Shoemakers earn less than $21,050 per year, 25% earn less than $25,570, 75% earn less than $37,160, and 90% earn less than $41,510.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Shoemakers is expected to change by -13.8%, and there should be roughly 800 open positions for Shoemakers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Shoemaker are usually higher in their Realistic, Conventional, and Artistic interests.
Shoemakers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Shoemakers typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Shoemakers typically have moderate Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Shoemaker tend to value Support, Independence, and Relationships.
Most importantly, Shoemakers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Shoemakers somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Shoemakers somewhat value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Shoemakers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, independence, and attention to detail.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Shoemakers, ranked by importance:
Working as a Shoemaker usually requires a high school diploma.
Shoemakers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Shoemakers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, mathematics, or mechanical knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Shoemakers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Shoemakers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Shoemakers need abilities such as manual dexterity, finger dexterity, and near vision in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Shoemakers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Shoemakers frequently use skills like active listening, speaking, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Shoemakers, ranked by their relative importance.
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